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The Ernest Bloch CD (Hong-Mei Xiao/MAV Symphony Orchestra) received the Critic’s Choice Award



2014.06.11

The Ernest Bloch CD (by Hong-Mei Xiao/Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV) received the Critic’s Choice Award from the American Record Guide.

"The solo playing is spectacular on all counts."


by Elaine Fine, American Record Guide

Although Ernest Bloch’s exploration of the ‘Jewish Soul’ focused on a cycle of seven works written between 1911 and 1916, he returned to Jewish themes throughout his life. Baal Shem explores Eastern European Hasidic traditions in all their expressive intensity in this version for viola and orchestra transcribed by soloist Hong-Mei Xiao. Bloch’s 1918 Coolidge Prize-winning Suite for Viola and Orchestra remains one of the twentieth century’s enduringly important works for the instrument, whilst the Suite hébraïque, written in his last decade, absorbs Jewish elements ever more fluently and subtly.